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PINS: Strange-looking visitor washes on shore

sargassum fish
Posted at 3:48 PM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 17:56:09-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A picture of a strange-looking fish captured the attention of fans who follow the Padre Island National Seashore Facebook page.

The group shared a picture of a sargassum fish laying on the sand in the surf. The picture was taken by T. Colbrunn.

National Padre Island Seashore Park Rangers stated, "The sargassum fish lives in the seaweed beds out in the Gulf of Mexico. And as you can tell by its coloring, it does an excellent job of blending in and often looking like bits of seaweed itself."

They also stated the sargassum fish is a ravenous ambush predator. According to park rangers, the fish have the ability to change its color and camouflage with its surroundings.

It is also known to be a cannibal and prey on its own kind.